Posted on 12/16/14 at 12:49pm

The Michigan Department of Education's (MDE) special education rule changes did not make it through a Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) and will have to be reintroduced next year. MDE wanted the rule changes to clarify language and help carry out federal law.

Posted on 12/16/14 at 12:52pm

How charter management companies spend more than $1 billion dollars in state taxpayer dollars is again the focus of a news article in the Detroit Free Press. "Public money for schools buys private property" uncovers the arrangement National Heritage Academies (NHA) has with its schools. NHA, not the school, owns the school buildings and the contents, even though that's all been purchased with taxpayer money.

Posted on 12/01/14 at 11:59am

The University of Michigan's College of Education received a $1.1 million grant to improve how teachers are trained. U-M will use the money to work with other states to change what's required of new teachers and how they receive mentoring once they're in the classroom. Hopefully, Michigan will be one of those states. 

Posted on 12/04/14 at 12:21pm

In a letter to members of the House of Representatives today, MEA President Steve Cook and AFT-Michigan President David Hecker are urging members of the House of Representatives to oppose HB 5111 if it continues to require retention of third grade students who are not reading at grade level. Both MEA and AFT are instead recommending early intervention with a reading improvement plan that is adequately funded on a long-term basis.

 

Posted on 12/08/14 at 2:50pm

Too much time and too little money keep most college students from earning a degree in four years according to Complete College America’s report, “4-year degrees now a myth in American higher education.” 

Posted on 12/08/14 at 2:51pm

Don’t be taken in by a message to “coaches, teachers, and other interested parties” from a “Scholarship Selection Committee” offering scholarships to “Michigan High School Seniors.” MEA is not involved with nor endorses this program.

Proposed “hard cap” for health insurance shifts risk

A state-mandated “hard cap” on public employee health insurance would shift responsibility for nearly all future health care cost increases to police officers, firefighters, teachers, nurses, corrections employees, and other state and local public workers. See analysis.

Additional Membership Categories

Bargaining unit substitutes

Available to educators who have worked at least one day as a substitute. This should go through the local bargaining unit if substitutes are recognized in their contract. If substitutes are not recognized in the local unit, the person can be enrolled as a miscellaneous substitute. The dues shall be one eighth (1/8) of the full-time MEA membership dues and 25 percent of the full-time NEA dues per month.

F.R.E.D. Letters

Local Membership Chair Web site

Now available is a self guided training of the Local Membership Chair Website. This training includes instructions on processing member additions, terminations, and adjustments. Also included are instructions on running and viewing reports for your bargaining unit.

Sample Calendar of Duties

Daily Duties: Deposit receipts

Weekly Duties: Remit PAC

Monthly Duties:
Prepare Financial Report
Pay Bills
Reconcile Bank Statement
Verify membership records with MEA billings

Annual Duties:

Other Tips

___ If there is a loss of funds due to fraud or dishonesty of officers or staff NOTIFY MEA Director of Legal Services IMMEDIATELY.

___ If local owns personal property obtain insurance coverage as desired.

___ Verify that all PAC monies are being handled appropriately and timely.

___ Verify that locals permanent records are organized and safeguarded.

___ Records Retention Schedule available in the Local Treasurers Handbook.

Governmental Reporting Requirements

FINANCIAL

Timeline

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Internal Review of Financial Records

An internal review of financial records should always be done when a new Treasurer is appointed.  We recommend an annual review. 

Critical procedures to be completed by independent reviewer or committee include:

___ Account for numerical sequence of checks

___ Verify cash disbursements for supporting documentation and proper approval 

___ Verify receipt of all payroll deduction amounts from the school payroll office by comparing to payroll listing and calendar of pay dates

Fundamental Tasks of Being a Treasurer

___ Open/maintain a bank account for the local.   

___ Designate two authorized signers (Treasurer and President) for checks and other transactions. 

___ Use prenumbered checks which can be obtained from your bank.

___ Be sure requests for money (disbursements) are supported by an invoice or voucher form (or require two signatures on all checks). 

___ Do not sign a check issued to yourself.  Have the other authorized signer sign the check. 

UniServ Director Hiring Process

WANTED:
CANDIDATES FOR THE SCREENED APPLICANT LIST

Are you an advocate for employees? Do you have bargaining and grievance processing experience? If so, you may want to explore becoming a UniServ director. The MEA maintains a list of qualified individuals who are eligible to apply for UniServ director positions.

The process for being added to the list includes:

  1. Submission of an employment application and résumé for review and determination of qualifications.

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